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Whether it means mediation, a new fitness routine, a daily walk or just carving out 10 minutes a day to read a good book, self-care is the stepping stone to a happy and successful life. Here are some of our favorite books that introduce unique ways to give ourselves more time and attention.

Beautifully Brave: An Unconventional Guide to Owning Your Worth, Cultivating Self-Love, and Standing In Your Power by Sarah Pendrick

If you’ve been struggling with self-doubt or need a sign to unleash your inner potential, Pendrick’s book will help. Beautifully Brave provides chapter by chapter guidance on building self-love through tips such as stopping comparisons and eliminating self-doubt. Through interactive guidance, Pendrick’s book provides the perfect road map to cultivating the best and most confident version of yourself this year.

Fighting Forward by Hannah Brencher

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, or simply just need a push to get out of the trenches, Fighting Forward is the perfect remedy to help you get unstuck. Overcome by anxiety and depression, Brencher decided to do something about it and reclaim control. She started journaling affirmations and positive thoughts, then watched them transform her life. They can change yours, too. With one word at a time, this book will help you take back your power and become the best version of yourself.

Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

This book takes a raw and honest look at our relationship with alcohol in today’s world, especially with women. Even though our culture is shifting more toward living a life that includes health and wellness, oftentimes alcohol is excluded from this equation. This thought-provoking story takes a look at Holly’s journey, as well as society’s strange norms when it comes to drinking. Her clever quips will provoke the reader to question their own relationship with alcohol, and if nothing else, see social drinking from a different lens.

The Body is Not an Apology (Second Edition) by Sonya Renee Taylor

We’ve shared our love for this book before and are super excited about this new second edition release. Every body is beautiful in its own unique way and should be celebrated as such. Self-love can be challenging in a world where unrealistic expectations are imposed on us daily with society’s impractical standards. However, all hope is not lost, and with this poignant look at body oppression, we can begin to heal and transition from self-loathing to self-care. Through Sonya’s personal stories, as well as offering resources and tools, the reader will be able to transcend from shame and reconnect into a life of liberation.

That Sounds Fun by Annie F. Downs

Beyond the basic survival essentials that are obvious – shelter, safety, and food – there is one more that often gets overlooked – FUN! Without it, we are just going through the motions; it is equally important to prioritize joy and happiness to live a fulfilling life.  Unfortunately, our busy lives and being overscheduled oftentimes put having a little fun on the backburner. This easy-to-read book will help you find a way to fit more fun into your life without relinquishing any of your daily responsibilities.

How to Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera

Disenchanted with traditional psychotherapy, Dr. Nicole LePera wanted to create a more holistic approach to long-term healing. Desiring for her patients what she was able to cultivate for herself, the author created a guide to get woke – mentally, physically, and spiritually.  In order to do that, the reader is encouraged to explore how to live a more meaningful life and at the same time, work on releasing past traumas. She provides helpful tools to assist in breaking harmful patterns and to create new ones. If you’re serious about making a permanent shift, this book is for you

Instant Journal: Chart Your Life, One Week at a Time by Mia Nolting

For those who can’t be bothered with keeping a journal or writing down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, Instant Journal will be the perfect interactive release. With this game-changing book, you are able to track your emotions, friendships, feelings and actions each week with simple steps to fill in each page. After those 52 weeks of journaling are up, you’ll be able to look back on all of your achievements, discoveries and progress – the perfect gift for the thoughtful people in your life (or treat yourself and add it to your own shelf).

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

This New York Times bestseller will help you come to terms with your ever-changing body and accept that sometimes your ideal image may not be the answer to finding happiness. With helpful tips for forming a healthy relationship with your body, advice on eating habits and exercise plans, Pretty Happy will open your mind to making necessary changes in your life.

What the Health by Eunice Wong, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

What the Health will change the way you think about eating and what you put into your body. Composed of numerous interviews from scientists, nutritionists and other medical advisors, this non-

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren

After having a panic attack on live tv, news anchor Dan Harris began meditating. Though previously he was skeptical, he found that there are remarkable health benefits to meditation. He and his meditation guru Jeff Warren set out and talked to celebrities, parents, police officers and more to see what doubts they had and what was keeping them from taking advantage of the health benefits meditation can provide.

Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque

Whether you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds or want to make a complete diet overhaul, LeVeque’s book will be the first step to regaining control over your weight. Kelly explains why fad diets don’t work and sets readers up for success with a diet program that has worked for all of her high-profile clients.

Sleep Wise: How to Feel Better, Work Smarter, and Build Resilience by Daniel Jin Blum, Ph.D.

This manual is one to keep next to your bed if you often have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep is what the CDC calls a national public health epidemic in the United States. This research-driven self-help book will get you on the right track for restful nights.


It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow with Julia Turshen

There’s no doubt that Gwyneth Paltrow is a healthy lifestyle guru. In this bestselling cookbook, she brings readers the recipes she loves for trimming down and gaining energy. This cookbook has nearly 200 recipes that will help you eat healthier, look good and feel great.

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

It’s no secret that aging means you have to pay more attention to your health. Cameron Diaz writes about what actually happens in our bodies as we age. This book blends scientific fact with personal anecdotes to help with your psychological and physical changes so that you can age more gracefully.

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